Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The primary goal of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is to prepare graduates to provide advanced nursing care toMS: Adult Gerontology Acute Care #7 patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions, including the delivery of acute care services. The AGACNP practices in any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high-intensity nursing intervention or continuous nursing vigilance within the range of high-acuity care. Coursework, clinical experience and research utilization provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. In order to be eligible to apply for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, students must have one year of full-time work experience in an acute care setting. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP).

Carolyn McClerking
Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialty

Message from the Director

Students admitted to Ohio State's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP specialty will have a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. Graduates of the specialty will possess the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to care for patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses.

Available Degree Programs

This specialty can be completed on campus through the following programs:


Our Adult-Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner specialty is based on the guidelines of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF): 

  • Health promotion, protection of disease and treatment with particular focus on assessment and diagnosis of health status and initiating a plan of care and implementing treatment
  • Building the nurse practitioner/patient relationship 
  • Teaching/coaching function skills of the nurse practitioner
  • Professional role development
  • Managing healthcare delivery systems
  • Care in regards to cultural competency


  • Nursing 7208.01 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I

  • Nursing 7208.02 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II

  • Nursing 7208.03 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III



Jamie Baldridge
Jamie Baldridge, graduate

“This program has prepared me to become a nurse practitioner by expanding my clinical knowledge and critical thinking through classroom, simulation and clinical experiences. The college has enhanced my learning by providing resources such as an innovation lab, state-of-the-art simulation equipment and nationally recognized faculty.”